How you can become a Chef anywhere in the U.S. by training in the Q.C.A.

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BETTENDORF - If you have ever thought about becoming a Chef, look no further than Scott or Muscatine Community College.

On Thursday, July 27, Storm Track 8 Meteorologist Eric Sorensen had "Breakfast With..." Chef Brad Scott, the Director of Culinary Arts, inside Scott Community College's state-of-the-art Culinary Arts Center.

Chef Scott gave Eric a tour, showing him all the places where you can learn how to get your Associate's Degree and Journeyman Card, plus the really cool - pun intended - class you can take at the end of the three-year program:

Scott Community College's Culinary Arts Program started in 1991 by a group of Chefs in the QCA. The program is very unique:

"There are apprenticeship programs out there, but it’s just apprenticeship, cooking, labs, and not a college degree on top of it, so that’s why we were recognized by Washington, D.C., because in 1991 we started a degree, plus Journeyman Card," Chef Scott explained.

He also talked about the new program at Muscatine Community College in the newly-renovated kitchen area at the former Button Factory restaurant in downtown Muscatine and the success of his students:

If you like the atmosphere of a restaurant, but do not want to be in the kitchen, you can also consider Scott Community College's Hospitality Management Program. Diane Stanley, Hospitality Manager, talked to Eric about that experience:

To learn more about the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Center at Scott Community College, click here.

Friday, August 4, we're having Breakfast With Iowa U.S. Senator Joni Ernst. We'll be inside the studios of WQAD News 8, and if you have a question for her, check back for a web story that will go up Monday, July 31!

To see all our “Breakfast With…” discussions, click here.